January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014
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The Lusty Lady. Yelp photo by Brian C.

It looks like the ~LUSTY LADY~ will be getting a second life at the hands of Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield. The pair, who reopened Tosca Cafe in October, have taken over the space of the former worker-owned strip club in North Beach, which sadly closed in September. Scoop reports that Seth Boor, whose previous projects include Sightglass, The Mill, and Southern Pacific Brewing Co., is the architect behind the remodel. They are hoping to maintain a lot of the spirit of the beloved Lusty Lady, including its seediness, with private booths available by reservation, and maybe even peep show windows that open onto a bartender. (I foresee lots of inappropriate cocktail shaking technique.) Ceri Smith and Randall Grahm will also be in charge of the wine list, and Isaac Shumway will helm the drink list. They’re still working on a name, and hope to open in the second half of 2014 (first they need to get a lock on a full liquor license). 1033 Kearny St. at Broadway.

~FOREIGN CINEMA~ is launching a new bar menu to coincide with the remodel of their back bar, and they’ve brought on a brand-new bar manager too. Kevin Dowell will now helm the bar, starting with a new cocktail menu that debuted January 2nd. Look for his new creations at adjacent Laszlo too. New cocktail offerings include the Stranglehold with Venezuelan rum, orgeat, lemon, rye whiskey, and Angostura, or the Little Dreamer with vodka, manzanilla sherry, lemon, Pamplemousse liqueur, and cucumber. The cocktail list will change seasonally, so keep your eyes peeled for new offerings.

As previously reported on tablehopper, Polk Street bar Bigfoot Lodge has closed and is now open under new ownership. The new name is ~CABIN~, and the owner is David Zimmerman (Blackthorn Tavern in the Inner Sunset, F8 in SoMa). Early Yelp reports say the decor is largely the same, with the addition of lots of televisions tuned to sports. 1750 Polk St. at Washington, 415-440-2355.

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The offerings on tap at Rare Barrel. Photo from Facebook.

There is a brand-new brewery in Berkeley, focused exclusively on sour beers, called ~THE RARE BARREL~. Berkeleyside first caught the story last year, and now SF Weekly notes that they are open for business. Eater reports that the owners are Jay Goodwin (formerly of Orange County’s The Bruery), his dad Brad Goodwin, and friend Alex Wallash. They’ve got eight house sour beers on tap, like the SKUs Me, a golden sour aged in oak barrels, or the Ensorcelled, a dark sour beer aged in oak with raspberries. The taps also offer two rotating guest beers and two wines. A few salads and panini are also available. In the coming months, they’ll start distributing their bottles, so you should be able to find them elsewhere too. Right now, the tasting room is only open Fridays from 4pm-10pm and Saturdays 2pm-10pm. 940 Parker St. at 9th St., Berkeley, 510-984-6585.